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Elizabeth Burroughs (Kelley) collection


Held at: Bryn Mawr College [Contact Us]Bryn Mawr College Library, 101 N. Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr 19010

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Bryn Mawr College. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Elizabeth (Kelley) Burroughs is the granddaughter of the eminent late-19th to early-20th century naturalist-writer John Burroughs. She attended Bryn Mawr at the recommendation of the neighbor and family friend, Hilda Smith, who was then the Dean of Bryn Mawr. After graduating from Bryn Mawr (Magna Cum Laude) in 1926, Burroughs embarked on a career of teaching at several prestigious preparatory schools, including The Kirk School in Bryn Mawr; The Madeira School in Washington, D.C.; the Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Virginia; the College Preparatory School in Cincinnati; and the Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey. At four of these schools, she was also the advisor for school publications. In 1942, Burroughs married Hugh Bentley Kelley. In 1954, following the death of her father, she retired from teaching to pursue fully her career as literary executor for her grandfather John Burroughs, as editor of both his works and those of her father, and as a lecturer and writer in her own right. She continued to paint portraits on commission.

The Elizabeth Burroughs (Kelley) collection is primarily composed of correspondence between Burroughs and her parents during Burroughs' time at Bryn Mawr College. The collection, which ranges between 1921-1988, also contains a publication and other materials. It evidences the experiences of a young woman attending college during the early 20th century.

The collection is housed in 1 box, and is divided between 12 folders, ten of which contain correspondence between Burroughs and her family.

Folder 1 contains "Bryn Mawr Memories," a 1988 publication written by Burroughs about her time at college. Folders 2-5 contain correspondence from Burroughs' freshman year. Folder 6 contains correspondence from the summer of 1923, from Bates House. Folders 7-8 contain correspondence from sophomore year. Folders 9-10 contain correspondence from junior year. Folder 11 contains correspondence from senior year. Folder 12 contains items relating to Hilda Smith, a family friend and important figure at Bryn Mawr College.

Though the letters express foremost the young woman's depth of feeling for her family (the majority of the letters are addressed to her mother, however, several are addressed to her father), they are also a valuable source of information about her own private concerns-- religious, financial, scholarly, issues of peer-relations-- amd the moeurs and traditions of student life life at Bryn Mawr College of the 1920s.

Bryn Mawr College
Finding Aid Author
?, Cassidy Gruber Baruth
Finding Aid Date
2019 March 25
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)

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